The Self is the Same in All Beings – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 27-31

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The Self is the Same In All Beings

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Know that anything that comes into being, whether standing still or moving, exists due to the union of the Field and the Field Knower.

“The union of the Field and the Field Knower” is a reference to a previous verse in which the Field Knower is said to be the Real You (a Divine Individual, purusha), and the Field is said to be the body (Nature, prakriti).

It is fair to say that both Prakriti and Purusha are God. All Divine Individuals are God. All of Us are God as both Purusha and Prakriti, the Seer and the Seen. We are each who we are as Individuals who can know, or see, Others like ourSelves. And we are each Individuals who can be known, or seen, by Others like ourSelves. All that truly exists is Us — All Is God.

To understand this, you must consider it in the context of The Absolute, that Reality in which there are no mirages, no things, and nothing going on but eternal bliss — imperishable Us in our natural state of divinity, eternal happiness and joy. From this Absolute God came spontaneous Creation. And so it is said, “All Is God.” 

In the Absolute before Creation, once we each became aware of our existence, it was inevitable that we consider the possibility that we were not the only ones in existence. The process of making this discovery is the first cause of Creation, and is the first cause of our Liberation now. Now we must follow the string we unrolled behind us, back the way we came. When we finally get Home, one thing will be different: we will be conscious of it all. We will be conscious of our True Selves, and our relationship with eachOther, existing in mutual Eternal Love and Happiness. Because this is our Natural State.

Spontaneous Creation 1When in The Absolute (before Creation) you perceived Another, you might either have accepted this Other or not. 

Your first acceptance of Another Individual who also accepted You, united You with that Other. This first Other that you accepted is called IshvaraThis union brought about your coming into Being. There is no identifiable difference between you and Ishvara, and yet your sense-of-self is singular (asmita, ‘I am’).

The subtle, intuitive sense of this truth is what is behind your pursuit of a loving relationship in your life, a soul-mate if you will. One expects to find that divine one here on Earth, but it is already found. This divine one is within you as the witness experiencing everything, when all the while you have believed this to be you.

I am That I am

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One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings, imperishable among the perishable, truly sees.

The Field & the Field Knower - The Embodied One & the Being“One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings”
You see that everyone in a body is in the same situation as you: This Great Ishvara is the first Divine Individual in the Absolute that you accepted as the same as you, and who has also accepted you. Both are equally unlimited in their presence. This situation is the same for all embodied beings.  

“Imperishable among the perishable” refers to You and your Ishvara as you really are: Divine Individuals that are imperishable, living as One Being that is perishable.

When you see that WHAT you really are is a Divine Imperishable Individual residing in a body, and that this situation with Ishvara is the same for all of us, you see Truly.

Every Divine Individual is an individual just like You.

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Seeing this Great Ishvara as the same in everyone, one does not degrade himself and reaches the Highest State.

When you harm or degrade yourself, hurt or put yourself down, you do the same to Ishvara. Now remember who this is, and you will see how important it is that you become enlightened about this situation, so that you never harm or degrade yourself in any way. Ishvara, whom you love, is your ‘witness within’ who experiences everything you experience, and will also experience any harm you do to yourself or others. 

Our attention is being called to how degrading or harming ouselves affects everyone else. Both you and Ishvara are also present in everyone else, so what you do affects not only Ishvara, but everyone else as well. By knowing and understanding this, you can reach the Highest State, the basis of which is the first Universal Spiritual Principle (the first yama), ahimsa — harmlessness toward all beings, including yourself, physically, mentally (not bearing malice) and emotionally (through speech). In this Highest State, one knows the Self to be the same in all Beings.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Realizing the Self in the Self by the Self, Continued – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 25-26

Self Realization

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Some see the self in the self by the self alone in meditation, others by Sankhya Yoga, and others by Karma Yoga.

Alternate translation:
One can see the Self in themself through correct knowledge (Sankhya Yoga) and active meditation (Karma Yoga).

  • Karma Yoga – union through action, active meditation. Karma Yoga is the path of Action.
  • Sankhya Yoga – union through correct knowledge of Truth. Sankhya Yoga is the path of Knowledge.

Another alternate translation:
The Self is self-known by oneself in meditation that is active and based on correct knowledge.

Knowledge is useless without action.
Action is prone to error without correct knowledge.

The path of Knowledge teaches us that we are not doers of action, that action with intent is the cause of bondage, and action surrendered to Absolute God is the means of liberation.

In my own path, both knowledge and action are included. Knowledge is achieved through the teachings of scripture and guru, and are validated through personal experience gained in meditation.

Personal experience can be prone to error if it is not based on correct knowledge or direct experience. Direct experience requires meditation of a special kind. In this meditation the will is surrendered to Absolute God, and all actions are God-actions, not our own. 

“Thy will be done O Lord, not mine” — Lord Jesus

This verse is a picture of the direct self-knowing of the True Self through meditation in surrender to Absolute God. When God is running the show, there are no mistakes. 

  • Meditation – A steady flow of consciousness to a single object or place.
  • Sankhya Yoga – Correct knowledge (sāṃkhya) of Yoga (union).
  • Karma Yoga – The act, or practice (karma), of uniting (yoga).

You can see your Self within yourself by yourself alone in meditation, while some try to get there through the path of Knowledge (Sankhya Yoga), and others through the path of Action (Karma Yoga). 

This appears to be three different disciplines (meditation, Sankhya and Karma), but Lord Krishna is saying that it is in meditation that this experience will arise, not by just learning or doing, but through personal experience in meditation. It is only through meditation that your Real Self can literally be seen. This experience is not a mental phenomenon. It is very real. 

Another alternate translation:
Some behold the Self in themselves, by themselves alone in meditation. This is different than the path of knowledge and the path of action taken separately.

Lord Krishna is telling Arjuna that the path that He has given him will lead him to Self Realization naturally, whereas other paths will either take him down the path of Knowledge or the path of Action. But what Lord Krishna has been teaching Arjuna (and us) includes both knowledge and action — putting knowledge into action by meditating naturally according to His teachings.

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Some who do not know this, but listen to others who do, become devoted to what they hear. They too can transcend death.

Alternate translation:
There are also those who do not know Yoga, but hear about it from a yogi saint (siddha). Inspired, they become devoted, and because they have faith in what they have heard, they are able to achieve liberation, and transcend the cycles of birth and death.

Not everyone learns the same way. Most people learn visually, some through hearing, etc. Those who are not inclined to study will get their knowledge by listening to the teacher. 

If you don’t want to take up the disciplines of Knowledge or Action, then listen to a saint, a Self-realized, God-realized teacher, to get your information and the knowledge of what to do with it.

Swami Kripalu - teachingSome interpret this verse to mean that you can hear these teachings from another person who has also heard them, and still become liberated. But how can you know through the grape-vine if that other person is speaking Truth? Hardly anyone knows this stuff. So we westerners have to be careful with things like this. Do you know any saints?

  • Saintmahasiddha, ‘one who has achieved the final goal’.

We are a chicken-hearted lot, and easily tempted to continue on in our lackadaisical way, or to wait for someone to come along who will tell us what we need to know. Or even better, someone to zap us into that state of … drum roll: SELF-realization. Never mind God.

What are the odds of this approach succeeding? Not very good. And you will not only be taking a huge risk, but you miss out on the joy of grace and good fortune.

So why go this route of complacency and Self over God and Guru? They’re all the same anyway. By not realizing this and acting accordingly, you cannot realize your true Self, and “Self Realization” will be lost to you.

“Know for certain that the Self and the Guru are truly one. For this very reason, one who is wise will seek his Guru.” — Guru Gita

“Self Realization is God Realization, and God Realization is Self Realization” — Anandamayi Ma

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Realizing the Self in the Self by the Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 23-24

Self Realization

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The witness, consenter, maintainer and experiencer in the body is Maheshvara, and the Highest Purusha is Paramatman.

  • Maheśhvaraḥ – ‘Great Ishvara’, God in You
  • Highest Purusha – ‘Highest Divine Individual’
  • Paramātman – ‘Highest Self’ 

The Highest Self is the Divine Individual — You in your original divine state of perfection and bliss — absolute, imperishable, and without beginning or end.

Maheshvara, the Great Ishvara, is another name of Shiva. Maheshvara is the Great God within you, the witness within who supports you, experiences what you experience and enjoys what you enjoy. Ishvara is established within you as your True Self who is Eternally Existent and bliss-filled. Ishvara will always make you happy. 

The world is not without enmity, hardship, misery and pain, which naturally bring on unhappiness and sorrow, so what are we to do? We must turn to this Great Ishvara with unconditional love, and remember that all actions, including all the ugly things, are just the gunas of Nature interacting. 

It is wise to remember that negative attributes are present in all of us as human beings, and that they are just the flip sides of our positive attributes.

The minute you tune in to Ishvara, you will mitigate, or completely clear, all your unhappiness and despair. Tears will fill your eyes, and Ishvara’s Divine Love will swell within you. Your tears will be tears of Great Joy and Happiness as Divine Love fills you to the brim.

This great happiness is your Natural State as Paramatman — the Highest Self, a Divine Absolute Individual in a body. It is Ishvara, the witness within you, whose state is one of accepting what comes while maintaining your life through it all. It is this Great Ishvara who is the true enjoyer and experiencer, and who is both You and Other than you. 

Whenever you notice yourself experiencing something, know that it is Ishvara who experiences it.

You might think of your Highest Self and Ishvara as being ‘together’, with Ishvara as another Highest Self who holds the template from which your body manifested. This subtle form is called the ananda kosha (bliss-body).

Within the body are five sheaths, or super subtle bodies. The fifth and subtlest is called the ananda kosha, ‘bliss body or sheath’. This sheath is the subtlest of the five, and is the template for your Divine Immortal Form, which your physical-material body has tried to replicate.

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One who knows Purusha and Prakriti and the gunas in this way is not born again, no matter what their situation.

  • Purusha – a Divine Individual (You) with a viewpoint
  • Prakriti – another Divine Individual viewed by Purusha
  • Gunas – the three modes of action in Nature

Once you understand Purusha and Prakriti as both Paramatma (Highest Self), and Maheshvara (Great Ishvara, another Divine Individual like You), as well as the gunas of Nature (Prakriti when viewed), you can attain liberation no matter what — no matter what karma you may carry or how near or far you are to the end of the journey.  

Prakriti has three natural features called gunas. These gunas make everything seem alive and real, as they interact with each other in a complex dance of easiness, passion and rest.

  • Easinesssattva
  • Passionrajas
  • Resttamas 

This dance is very convincing. You could swear that it is all real, that it is all exactly what it seems. But it is a mirage, a phenomenon.

Once you have seen the Great Ishvara, you will never again experience loneliness — even if you are constantly alone … because you truly are never alone.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Natural Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state without effort or stress, and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into this original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.  

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Natural Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona